New Fragment of legendary 'lost' film CLEOPATRA (1917) Found in Coney Island.
The hosts (Jack Garcia & Rev. Hal Shaw) of the popular alternative media program God Rock Radio stumbled across the historical clip at a local book exchange on a mislabeled video tape.
Unlike the 30 second fragment shown on TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES this newly unearthed footage featuresfluid camera movement and classic silent screen pantomime acting. Theda Bara was the screen's first sex symbol and made over 40 films, sadly only 2 complete features are known to exist.
"We contacted over a dozen film archives" said Writer/Director Jack Garcia,"but they didn't bother to return our phone calls or e-mails. I don't think they believed us, so we decided to make it available to the public".
Contact InformationRev. Hal Shaw 718-685-4555
July 20, 2011 Subject:
Not Theda Bara....but Betty Blythe
This is an interesting and rare clip, though it has been seen before, I believe. I checked with the man who knows more about CLEOPATRA (1917) than anyone else in the world: historian Philip Dye. He has assembled every known still photo, showing every known costume from the film. Philip says this clip is from THE QUEEN OF SHEBA (1921). This SHOULD have been a Theda Bara film, but Theda and Wm Fox fell out over money in 1919, and so Betty Blythe got to work with Theda's co-star from CLEO, and Theda's director. The entire film of THE QUEEN OF SHEBA is not known to survive... so this is a very interesting clip, but it's not CLEO and it's not Theda. Sorry, guys.